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Tibetan Nun Mingyur Peldron: A Woman of Power and Privilege (Paperback)
Alison Melnick Dyer

Tibetan Nun Mingyur Peldron : A Woman of Power and Privilege


 
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Author: Alison Melnick Dyer
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780295750361
Publication Date: 2022


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Born to a powerful family and educated at the prominent Mindroling Monastery, the Tibetan Buddhist nun and teacher Mingyur Peldron (1699 - 1769) leveraged her privileged status and overcame significant adversity, including exile during a civil war, to play a central role in the reconstruction of her religious community. Alison Melnick Dyer employs literary and historical analysis, centered on a biography written by the nun's disciple Gyurme Osel, to consider how privilege influences individual authority, how authoritative Buddhist women have negotiated their position in gendered contexts, and how the lives of historical Buddhist women are (and are not) memorialized by their communities. Mingyur Peldron's story challenges the dominant paradigms of women in religious life and adds nuance to our ideas about the history of gendered engagement in religious institutions. Her example serves as a means for better understanding of how gender can be both masked and asserted in the search for authority - operations that have wider implications for religious and political developments in eighteenth-century Tibet. In its engagement with Tibetan history, this study also illuminates the relationships between the Geluk and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism from the eighteenth century, to the nonsectarian developments of the nineteenth century.

Tibetan Nun Mingyur Peldron: A Woman of Power and Privilege, Alison Melnick Dyer, University of Washington Press, Paperback, 242 pp, $33.00

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